2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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EDGE OF TRUTH (YA Dystopia) Release Day!


Time to Celebrate!
This feels like a dream. I can’t believe my book comes out today. My face hurts from smiling so much! If you’re reading this post, it means you’ve decided to join me in celebration of this accomplishment. Thank you!!!

Here’s a little bit about my book…

Title: EDGE OF TRUTH
ISBN: 13: 978-1-93404-59-7
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian/Paranormal Romance

Summary
Rena Moon feels like a prisoner, oppressed by the Overlord’s laws, bound by household rules, even captive to her emotions because when she grows angry, the earth shakes.

She restrains her tightly coiled power, until her best friend is kidnapped. Nevan, Rena’s long-time crush, joins the rescue mission into volatile lands where her mood slips toward the edge of control. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?

Find it in print and eBook format at these locations:

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About Party Day!
Throughout the day, I’ll be on Facebook/Twitter asking you questions, getting to know a little more about you, and sharing things about myself. When it’s contest time, we’ll hop back over here to my new blog NatashaHanova.com.

Prizes include:

Signed copy of Edge of Truth (print or eBook – winner’s choice)
Chocolate
5-Page critique by Novel Clique (open to international entries)
5-Page critique by me (open to international entries)
$20 Amazon gift card (open to international entries)
Edge of Truth book charm necklaces
Birch leaf necklace
Secret gift I can’t wait to reveal!

The first contest begins on my new blog at 9:00 a.m. CST.

In the meantime, head over to my new blog to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

Thanks again for helping me celebrate this day!

Characters Conspiring


One of my favorite things about being a writer is the way I can fall into a story. The point where I stop seeing the scenes as if watching a movie and I start walking around on the set, able to see, feel, smell, taste, and touch the setting around me. The real world disappears in those moments.

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Photo Credit: Lisa Hall-Wilson (Flickr)

Still, there are settings which I tend to avoid, out of fear or intimidation. My adult WiP, Dark Intent is set in early 1900s. Originally, it was set in the 1800s, but I’m not a history buff. I don’t read much historical fiction either, and therefore found working with that timeframe intimidating. There are so many things I don’t know. Would my main character be able to see her reflection in a window? Could she drink from a water hose? When exactly were blue jeans invented? Could she even wear pants? (Big NO on that one). The early 1900s are worked better, because it was easier to research and I was even able to find images of clothing my characters might wear. To  spend more time writing and less time researching, I found a few period details to sprinkle in to help set the scene.

As far as specific settings and fear is concerned, I will most likely never ever ever write a scene that takes place on a bridge. If my characters ever try to drag me onto one, they’ll have to do so with me kicking and screaming. Even as I type this, I hear them conspiring about a way to work one into a story.

Do you have a setting that you avoid writing out of intimidation or fear?

Want to know how my critique partners answered this question? See Dawn’s response here and Leatrice’s is answer coming soon.

IWSG – Socially Awkward


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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the May 1 posting of the IWSG will be Lynda Young, Mark Koopmans, and Rachna Chhabria!

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I mentioned last month that I’m attending the Romantic Times Convention this week and it starts today (well, technically tomorrow since I’m writing this post in advance). I’ve never been much of a social butterfly. I’m the bookworm sitting in the corner engrossed in reading and if I’m not, that’s where I want to be. However, when I go to conferences/conventions, I try to break free of my cocoon and mingle. Yet, in the back of my mind I worry about saying something silly or tripping over my feet while walking into a room or squeezing someone’s hand too hard during the ‘Hello, nice to meet you’ handshake.

How do you handle conference jitters?

IWSG: The Sound of Writing


IWSG

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG are Annalisa Crawford, Elsie, and Julie Luek!

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Now, on to my second IWSG post…

This May, I’m attending the RT Booklovers Convention and I’ve entered one of the contests called American ‘Idol’ – The Writer Edition Competition which is all about voice. This is one thing writers hear from the onset, you have to find your voice. I’d like to think I found mine. I LOVE the story I entered into the competition, but I worry that it isn’t ‘loud’ enough.

I’m not really an ‘in your face’ kind of writer, and I worry that might be what it takes in this industry. What if my work isn’t humorous, witty, shocking, dramatic, sexy enough? Do I have to be loud to be noticed?

Do you ever worry about your writer’s voice?

Seeing Is Believing, Or Is It?


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I’m posting over on Novel Clique, my critique group’s blog, today. Please pop on over to read my post on Suspension of Disbelief in movies. Next week, I’ll be posting on Monday with my Top 10 Favorite movies. Click here (and scroll down) to join the fun!

Thanks for your continued support!